Saturday, January 17, 2015

ARC Review: The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter
From the blurb:
You Can’t Walk Away from Love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….

But You Can Walk Toward It...

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….

Heather's rating:

Sweet story that could have been REALLY something special if it was a bit longer.

I really liked the style of this book. It was a slow, thoughtful historical with lots of emotional and atmosphere. I didn't know that lamplighters existed (though, *duh*, those lamps didn't light themselves!), and I was pretty interested to read a story with a lamplighter MC.

The first half of the story was SO lovely. Lots of emotion there, and my heart just BROKE for Giles as he mourned his deceased former lover. It was rough reading about him going through all his grief by himself. John was also a good character, though harder for me to picture. His persona seemed too mishmashed to make complete sense. He was a lamp lighter/artist/writer sort of combo, and I had a difficult time seeing him in that time period.

The second half of the story nice too, just more rushed than I would have hoped for. Honestly, for a novella, I was pretty impressed.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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